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Recreation and Sport Administration Staff - Fred Gibson

Fred Gibson, Ph.D.

Fred Gibson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Director, Recreation and Sport Administration Graduate Program/Coordinator, Facility and Event Management (Concentration & Certificate)

Office:  Smith Stadium East 1007
Phone:  (270) 745-6021

Current Courses

REC 426 G – Facility Planning and Design

RSA 501 - Research Methods in Recreation and Sport

RSA 515 - Recreation & Sport Facility Development

RSA 534 - Facility Management

RSA 590 - Practicum

Research Interests:

Facility Planning, Design, Construction, and Management in Recreation and Sport

Recent Publications:

Quinn, B., Smith, D., & Gibson, F. (2015). Planning for athletic events: A proactive approach. Interscholastic Athletic Administration. Winter, 42-45.

Stinnett, B. & Gibson, F. (2015). Sustainable facility development: Perceived benefits and challenges. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 17(3), 73-82.

Jordan, T., Upright, P., & Gibson, F. (2015). Design-build case study: Lessons learned from developing a neighborhood spray park. Journal of Facility Planning, Design, and Management. 3(2), 75-89.

Smith, D., Gibson, F., & Hey, W. (2015). Assessing leadership styles and organizational culture within parks and recreation departments. LARNet. 17(1), 1-12.

Recent Presentations:

Stinnett, B., Zielen, S., & Gibson, F. (2015). Perceived benefits and challenges of sustainable facility initiatives. Kentucky Recreation and Park Society Conference. Lexington, KY.

Stinnett, B., Oregon, E., Gibson, F., and Fitzpatrick, A. (2015). Study away best practices: 2014 Texas sport facility symposium. 2015 Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium. Bowling Green, KY.

Stinnett, B., & Gibson, F. (2015). Upstart Program: The Game Changer. 2015 International Association of Venue Managers Venue Connect. Baltimore, MD.

Gibson, F., Stinnett, B., & Hey, W. (2015). Developing proactive approaches for sporting event planning and management. SHAPE America, meeting of the Southern District Research Council, February 18-21, Atlanta, GA.



Ph.D.      University of Louisville 
Dissertation: Shared facilities: Characteristics of recreational sports facilities at colleges and universities.                                                                                                                                           

M.S.        Middle Tennessee State University                           

B.S.         Southern Illinois University

Professional Background:

  • Facility and event management experience in recreation and athletic programs at three major universities
  • Contracted employee at numerous sporting events including national championships for track and field, swimming, wrestling, and weightlifting
  • Conducted year around and championship sports drug testing for NCAA, NFL, NBA, and NCAA athletes
  • Managed game day operations WKU Athletics, Sunbelt Conference, and Kentucky High School Athletic Association
  • Instructor at the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport Management Seminar in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Led 40 students, faculty, and staff on a study abroad trip to China for two weeks as the guests of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games (BOCOG)
  • Leading a group of 20 graduate students for a Study Away entitled “Texas Facilities Symposium” in Summer 2014


  • Certified Recreational Sports Specialist
  • Certified Pool & Spa Operator
  • Certified Collegiate and Professional Sports Drug Testing Crew Chief

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